Attitude Is Everything is partnering with Constant Flux and DIY Space for a weekend of events dedicated to access in the DIY music scene.
The two days of events, dubbed the In-Sight Weekend, are designed to highlight the voices of disabled artists and audience members interacting with the DIY music scene, and invite participants to contribute ideas to a new guide to be launched later in 2017 to empower artists, bands and promotors to make their own gigs and tours as accessible as possible.
DIY Space For London will host the series of talks, workshops and a showcase gig from March 31-April 1, when artists are set to feature Revenge of Calculon, The Fish Police and Paul Hawkins And The Awkward Silences. The results will inform a forthcoming guide for grassroots and DIY artists and promoters - funded by PRS for Music Foundation, with additional support from Arts Council England.
"Attitude is Everything is proud to be working with Constant Flux and DIY Space For London to deliver a weekend of exciting events to showcase amazing artists and the ways in which DIY and grassroots gigs can be made as accessible as possible for deaf and disabled people," said Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull (pictured).
"Funding from PRS Foundation for Music has allowed us to turn our attention to un-tapping the vast potential of grassroots artists to help us in our mission to break down barriers to accessing live music. Our new guide will be shared across the UK and support bands and artists to make their gigs as inclusive as possible and reach new audiences."
Attitude is Everything has developed the events in partnership with DIY and punk-inspired Community Interest Company Constant Flux, which draws inspiration from DIY and punk to encourage more learning disabled musicians to play, make music and tour. Another partner is DIY Space for London, which recently became the UK’s first volunteer-run venue to receive Bronze Accreditation on Attitude Is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice.
The learning and stories captured over the In-Sight Weekend will be condensed into a new guide on how to make DIY and grassroots gigs and tours more accessible. This will be published alongside a UK-wide campaign to sign-up bands and artists to implement its recommendations in their practice.